Ahh, New York 🥰 There’s nothing quite like it, but with the high living costs, it’s no wonder that not everyone can afford a stay. But fear not, my dear New York lovers, as there are still options for a fab trip that fits a modest budget.
You’ll have to scratch Manhattan off the list, though, as it has the most expensive New York hotels. Still, there are amazing hotels outside of New York City in Brooklyn (the best area), Jersey City, Edgewater & Fort Lee, Weehawken & North Bergen, Bronx, and Queens where you can have a fantastic stay for much lower prices.
I stayed in Brooklyn on one of my trips to NYC, and I loved it, so join me on this journey, where I will tell you about the areas, best hotels, and top things to do, so you’ll be ready to embark.
Just don’t forget to book your accommodation right away because NYC gets so many visitors year-round that the best hotels get booked out far in advance.
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- If you are in a hurry
- 1. Brooklyn – where to stay in NYC for first-timers
- 2. Jersey City – where to stay outside of NYC for families
- 3. Edgewater & Fort Lee – for the most convenient location
- 4. Weehawken & North Bergen – where to stay for tranquility
- 5. Bronx – where to stay in NYC for hip-hop lovers & artists
- 6. Queens – where to stay in NYC for diversity
- FAQs about hotels outside of New York City
If you are in a hurry
Can’t wait to start packing? Then book any hotel outside of New York City in Brooklyn or Jersey City from the list below:
Here’s a map of the areas so you can visually see their proximity to Manhattan and learn who they are best for:
1. Brooklyn – where to stay in NYC for first-timers
With many cool neighborhoods like Sunset Park, street art, and hip places to visit, Brooklyn is a fabulous place with a fantastic location on the westernmost edge of Long Island. I stayed there on one of my trips to NYC, and I loved it. This borough has interesting architecture, chic coffee shops, parks, and fun places to go out at night.
Depending on your choice of transport and which area you stay in, the trip to Manhattan is from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, but there are many subway stations around, so it’s easy to go to and fro during the day.
Don’t forget to book your hotels outside of New York City in advance, as these areas are always hunted by those who want to get a better price!
You’ll love your stay at this modern Brooklyn hotel! It has spacious rooms with comfy beds ( some of which overlook the stunning Brooklyn Bridge), a private bathroom, free private parking, and a rooftop pool to relax when you don’t feel like exploring.
Other accommodation options in Brooklyn
This hotel is located near Downtown Brooklyn and has spacious rooms with large windows and free Wi-Fi
Feel the full NYC vibe at this amazing hotel with chic design, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a tasty breakfast
A fab Airbnb with a queen bed, private bathroom, and Netflix – only 15-min away from Manhattan by subway
Things to do in Brooklyn
- Laugh your heart out at Coney Island
- Fall in love with Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Have a picnic at Prospect Park
- Explore the fun Atlantic Avenue
- Cross the iconic Brooklyn Bridge
- Savor Brooklyn flavors on a food tour
2. Jersey City – where to stay outside of NYC for families
This not-so-small city may be in a different state, but its proximity to west Manhattan and the multitude of New Jersey Transit Trains make it the perfect neighborhood for those who want to stay outside New York but close enough to visit it daily.
I heard a lot about it from my friends living there because the city is urban, with many things happening all the time, yet much more homely than NYC and cheaper!
This is why Jersey City is considered a family-friendly spot with many fun attractions, like the Liberty Science Center or Liberty State Park. And it is also known as one of the departure points for the Statue of Liberty tours.
The car trip from Jersey City to Manhattan is about 30 minutes, and depending on whether you want to go to Lower or Upper Manhattan, it can take around 45 min to 1h 15 min by subway.
Transport solved, now let’s see where you can spend the night(s).
Have an unforgettable stay at this fab hotel with rooms overlooking the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. The rooms are neat with contemporary design, private bathrooms, a flat-screen TV, and plush bedding for a dreamy stay!
Other accommodation options in New Jersey
The hotel is 30 min away from Times Square and offers family rooms and a free breakfast each morning
Guests love the spacious rooms with kitchenettes and private bathrooms where they can relax after a day out
History lovers will adore staying at this 4 story brownstone home with purple walls and an old-world charm
Things to do in Jersey City
- Relax at Liberty State Park
- Take a tour of Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty
- Shop until you drop at Newport Center
- Spare a moment of silence at the Empty Sky Memorial
3. Edgewater & Fort Lee – for the most convenient location
Home to the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey to the west side of Manhattan, this area has many bars, restaurants, and things to see.
Fort Lee is a lively community located on the banks of the Hudson River with mesmerizing views of Manhattan. It is mainly a residential area with parks and local stores where you can have some peace and quiet, and if you want some action, NYC is at least a 10 min car ride.
Edgewater, NJ, is pretty much like Fort Lee. It is situated on the banks of the Hudson River, with sweeping views of Manhattan. If you decide to stay here, I recommend taking the ferry to Manhattan for an NYC trip with a twist.
Start your morning with a yummy (free) breakfast at this hotel that’s located 30 min away from Times Square. There are also comfortable rooms, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.
Other accommodation options in Edgewater & Fort Lee
You’ll love the simple design of this hotel. The rooms have lots of space and come with a flat-screen TV
This is a great 1-bedroom apartment with a modern design, bright colors, a kitchen, and a bathroom
A homely studio 10 minutes away from NYC that comes with a dining area, a private bathroom, and a kitchenette
Things to do in Edgewater & Fort Lee
- Try the yummy bubble tea at Umacha
- Snap a pic of the famous George Washington Bridge
- Take a stroll at Fort Lee Historic Park
- See performing arts events at IPIC Theaters
- Take your dog to Fort Lee dog park
4. Weehawken & North Bergen – where to stay for tranquility
Weehawken & North Bergen are located on the east coast of New Jersey. Weehawken, in particular, is connected to west Manhattan via Lincoln Tunnel, which goes under the Hudson River.
They are small areas where you can stay on a budget, but what I particularly love is how close they are to The High Line – an elevated rail line converted to a public park with unique plants and views, perfect if you need some time for yourself, just so sit and people-watch.
Nevertheless, it’s ideal for anyone looking for a tranquil stay outside New York City and avoiding heavy commuter traffic.
Modern, luxurious, and oh-so-cool! This fabulous hotel offers spacious suites with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Located across the Hudson River, just 45 min away from Central Park and 2 hours away from Staten Island, the accommodation offers bicycles to rent if you want to explore around and a bar.
Other accommodation options in Weehawken & North Bergen
Located across the Hudson River, this boutique hotel features elegant rooms with lots of space and TV
Set 1h away from the Empire State Building, the hotel has rooms with a terrace, and it offers a free shuttle service
This cozy apartment has comfy beds, a kitchen, a lovely fenced garden, and great subway lines
Things to do in Weehawken & North Bergen
- Relax at Hamilton Park
- Take a walk at The Old Glory Park
- Visit the Weehawken World War I Memorial
- See Sopranos movie sites at Lincoln Tunnel
- Take a dinner cruise on the Hudson River
5. Bronx – where to stay in NYC for hip-hop lovers & artists
Known for the Yankee Stadium and the Zoo, but especially as the birthplace of hip hop, the Bronx (formerly part of Westchester County) may be considered controversial among people who haven’t experienced its true spirit.
It has easy access to the north side of Manhattan, and if you drop off at the first train stop, you’ll arrive at Mott Haven, one of the most vibrant Bronx communities. Explore the up-and-coming area, and feel that artistic, free-spirited vibe that you get when looking at the murals and listening to hip-hop.
The music is tightly knitted in the culture of these people, it’s their heritage, and young residents proudly show it.
Feel right at home at this great hotel with family rooms with much space, private bathrooms, and a flat-screen TV. The accommodation is located almost 2h away from Prospect Park Zoo, and it offers free parking, barbecue facilities, and bicycles that you can rent out if you want to explore the area.
Other accommodation options in the Bronx
This boutique hotel is set in a historic building and it has spacious rooms with large windows and comfy beds
Set 30 min away from the Yankee Stadium, this hotel offers great rooms with contemporary features
Perfect for families, this well-equipped apartment has room for 4 people and toys for the little ones
Things to do in the Bronx
- Take your family to the Bronx Zoo
- Catch a match at Yankee Stadium
- Tour the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
- Attend arts events Bronx Museum of Arts
- Try signature chocolates at Chocobar Cortés
6. Queens – where to stay in NYC for diversity
Queens is the largest of the 5 NYC boroughs and is located on Long Island, bordering Brooklyn and Nassau County by land. It’s perfect for those who want to stay near JFK Airport or LaGuardia Airport and explore Long Island.
It is also the most ethnically diverse community with a blend of cuisines with new restaurants popping up all the time. They are bound to remind you of home – something you cannot feel if you’re staying in Manhattan or the other areas on this list.
When talking about Queens, think of Bengali, Asian, or Indian food, festivals, street markets, street food, and diversity. Foodies, you need to check out Bhanchha Ghar, Sagar Chinese, and Angel Indian Restaurant, all within walking distance from one another.
Enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace of this fabulous Queens, Long Island City hotel that offers breathtaking views! The accommodation offers comfortable rooms with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. The subway station and public transport are easily accessible from the hotel.
Other accommodation options in Queens
This Queens hotel has clean and cozy rooms, a fitness center and it offers a complimentary breakfast
This one is 30 min away from Midtown Manhattan and has simple rooms with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi
What a gorgeous apartment with great furnishings, a backyard, a balcony, and free street parking
Things to do in Queens
- Explore Flushing Meadows, Corona Park
- Visit the Museum of the Moving Image
- Stroll around Queens Botanical Garden
- See the New York Hall of Science
- Spend a day at Rockaway Beach
|📍 Best area:
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:
|DoubleTree by Hilton
|💵 Best mid-range hotel:
|Ace Hotel, Brooklyn
|👛 Best budget hotel:
|Henry Norman Hotel
FAQs about hotels outside of New York City
🤔 Is it cheaper to stay in Jersey City when visiting NYC?
Yes, you will save money if you stay in Jersey City as the accommodations are much more affordable, and the public transport to get to New York isn’t too expensive.
🏨 Which are the best cheap hotels outside of New York City?
🌆 Where do people stay when they visit New York?
It depends. Many people choose to stay inside NYC, while others who travel on a budget prefer to stay in a more suburban setting like Fort Lee or Jersey City, where the hotels are more affordable.
🎵 Now you’re in New York, these streets will make you feel brand-new… and this article hopefully inspired you to book hotels outside of New York City! We’ve explored the top areas, seen the best hotels & listed some things to do, so now you’re ready!
Hey, but you cannot leave without my 2 favorite hotels outside of NYC:
- DoubleTree by Hilton, Jersey City – Chill by the pool of this great hotel that offers rooms with views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
- Residence Inn by Marriott – Another great hotel with a modern design and free bikes to explore the area.
Whichever your pick is, I am serious, you need to book it in advance to save your spot. Visiting a city that never sleeps is a dream for many tourists, so the great hotels get booked far in advance.
Is there another area where you stayed and want to recommend to your fellow travelers? Drop in a comment below, as I am dying to find out!
Let’s hear it for New York, New York… 🎵
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